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Offline Rainier10

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2017, 02:50:10 PM »
You know what they say about a boar with big paws...   :chuckle:
He's dead.
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2017, 03:03:24 PM »
Wow! Congrats!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2017, 03:03:53 PM »
Looks to be a heck of a bear, congrats!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2017, 05:13:16 PM »
Tagging...please hurry with the story!!! 
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2017, 08:50:36 PM »
Can't wait for the story and pictures!
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2017, 11:17:09 AM »
 :bumpin:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #31 on: October 20, 2017, 01:15:38 PM »
tag

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2017, 02:17:04 PM »
tagging

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2017, 02:26:24 PM »
 :yeah:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2017, 04:08:35 PM »
Holy smokes that is a big paw.

Looking forward to the story.  At the request of multiple members you are hereby banned for 5 days, enjoy the time out and be sure to post that story and photos when the ban expires on Monday.

That ought to teach him a lesson.  :tup: :chuckle:

So....if I got back from camp early, does that mean you still want me to wait until Monday?  :dunno:  ;)

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #35 on: October 21, 2017, 04:15:43 PM »
Lets see it now!!!
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #36 on: October 21, 2017, 04:20:16 PM »
No, no. Gotta wait for Rainier10 to lift the ban first....sorry  ;)

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #37 on: October 21, 2017, 04:50:35 PM »
Tag

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2017, 04:51:25 PM »
Lol come forth with the photos and story

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #39 on: October 21, 2017, 07:02:09 PM »
There should be a time limit :twocents:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2017, 07:10:20 PM »
Ok ok! Sorry - I started to write everything up but then got reprimanded (rightly so) at home for not unpacking first before I hopped on here to see everyone's successes from the first half of deer season, and then got caught making dinner...I'll write this up in spurts while I finish making dinner.

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #41 on: October 21, 2017, 08:26:27 PM »
One of the things that made this hunt so memorable was that this was the first time my dad and I had hunted together since I moved to Idaho in 2011 and then subsequently moved down to Alabama. I only returned to Washington this past winter. We had always been hunting partners, and my dad had not hunted since I left. With all my seasonal jobs and schooling out of the way (I think), I decided I could afford to take a full week off from my new permanent job for deer season. We both got off work early on the 13th, met at our former deer camp near Cle Elum, promptly set up camp, and began hunting early the next morning. However, after two subsequent days of hard hunting, we had only seen one doe and very little deer sign in general. My younger brother was planning on joining us Tuesday morning when he got off his work shift, so my dad and I decided to make a day trip to one of our other hunting areas closer to Ellensburg, hoping that we could find some fresh and ample deer sign for my brother. Despite putting in several years as a weekend warrior, he had yet to harvest an animal of any sort. We were really hoping this was his year to get a buck.

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2017, 08:43:13 PM »
We hunted hard all morning and into the afternoon. We had a good setup at daybreak, where a doe and her yearling funneled down a draw no more than 30 yards from us. The arrowleaf balsamroot covering the hillsides was extremely noisy (usually to our disadvantage) and gave them away as they crept down the draw, and we thought we heard another deer following their same route a few minutes later, but nothing came of it. By mid-afternoon, we had finished glassing and working the set of big ridges and draw between them that we had started on earlier in the morning, and continued hiking the ridges and draws to the east. We eventually stopped at a small outcropping that has been a favorite glassing spot of ours in the past and spent roughly an hour scanning the opposite hillside and the open slopes multiple ridges over. Finding nothing, our planned route took us to the next subsequent ridge.

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2017, 08:46:54 PM »
AND...to be continued. Will have to finish tomorrow. I know I didn't get much written down tonight. Sorry to leave you hanging all week and then draw this out so long - wasn't my intention!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2017, 11:00:34 PM »
 :yike:     :chuckle:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2017, 07:02:54 AM »
Someone get a rope!!!!!   :yike: :bash:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #46 on: October 22, 2017, 07:13:48 AM »
@Rainier10
Use that ban hammer, asap!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #47 on: October 22, 2017, 09:07:57 AM »
Just for the record - I can be a bit long-winded, but that is what makes a good story, right?  :rolleyes: Here's a start...I'll keep hammering away.

We stopped on this ridge to glass down into the deep draw and to glass the wide bowl that formed at the mouth of the draw and continued uphill. The opposite ridge was mostly bare of trees and looked like an excellent spot to catch a deer funneling up from thick brush and timber that lined the bottom of the draw. The timber in the bottom grew increasingly thicker as the draw descended further and further down, until the draw widened out and met up with the draw from the next canyon over. This formed a dense “hell-hole” of cover, and one that looked extremely enticing to explore (save for the steep descent down into it and the inevitable grueling climb back out). I turned to look at my dad and made a half-joke about all the deer probably hiding down in this hole. He laughed me off and pretty much told me there was no way in this world we were going down there. His back had been giving him trouble all week, and I couldn’t blame him for not wanting to hike down in there and back up. Still…it sure looked like a cool spot to explore…

We continued moving from the ridge top across the bowl that formed the head of the draw, to the other side that we had been glassing earlier. Every few minutes, I would joke with my dad about being ready to dive down into the timbered hole at the bottom of the draw; this was followed by a chuckle and an eye-roll from him every time. As we approached the eastern ride of the draw, the sound of ravens squawking and cackling finally came forward to my consciousness. I must have been hearing the sound for several minutes, but not registering it. After recognizing it wfor what it was, I made a comment to my dad suggesting that those ravens must be mad about something, given all the ruckus they were making. I listened for a minute or two longer, then mused out-loud that I found it interesting and odd that the ravens weren’t making all of this noise from the top of a tree as one would expect. Instead, the noise was originating from down near the ground, amongst the brush and timber at the bottom of the draw. We slowly walked a few more yards, then decided to sit down on the hillside to give dad’s back a rest. While sitting, I attempted to isolate where the ravens were at. In doing so, we saw a pair of magpies and a Steller’s jay homing in on the same area and swooping back up repeatedly. A raven proceeded to chase off one of the magpies. I had just mentioned to Dad earlier in the day about how ravens and crows often purposefully created a ruckus to attract predators to a a fresh carcass to make it easier for them to scavenge; I think I read this in my undergrad Animal Behavior textbook many years back. I deduced, and told my Dad, that there must be a deer carcass or a wounded deer down there for all those Corvids to be congregating in one place. Maybe a hunter-wounded buck, or a dead one that was shot and never recovered?

My curiosity got the best of me, and I told my dad that I was thinking about diving down there to investigate. He gave me a dubious look and sad something to the effect of, “You had better not shoot something all the way down there.” Well, I couldn’t take it any longer and so I told him I just had down there to check it out. “You go right ahead, I’ll stay right here,” was his response. I slowly descended into the abyss, trying to dodge the balsamroot leaves and their dry, echoing crackle on my way down – but not being very effective at it. All the while, that old saying of “curiosity killed the cat” kept playing in the back of my mind.

I finally reached the brushy bottom and paused to again try and pinpoint where the ravens were coming from – it was just ahead of me, slightly upslope, to the right. I crossed the bottom and casually made my way upslope 15 yards or so. At this point, I knew I had to be close to the location of activity. As I approached a small stand of 8’-10’ saplings, approx. 2” in diameter, maybe two or three trees deep, I heard something explode and flush up just on the other side of the saplings, less than 10 yards away! So went my stream of consciousness at the time:

“Oh shoot, I just jumped something!”
“Oh shoot, maybe it was a predator feeding on a carcass! Quick, better try and get it to stop!”
(I make three rapid small-animal-in-distress cries with my mouth)
“Oh shoot, I better dive through those saplings to see what it was, pronto!”

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #48 on: October 22, 2017, 09:22:25 AM »
This whole process spanned about four total seconds. Then if popped the safety off of my 7mm magnum, flipped the rear scope cap up, and scrambled through the row of saplings. I was hunched over and nearly crawling, and looked down amongst the saplings to see tufts of deer hair everywhere. But no time to stop and look – in 2 seconds, I was out the other side and immediately standing up to see a bear running off, roughly 50 yards away. As I stood up, my gun came to my shoulder and I remember thinking, “Wow. Big bear. Shoot!” Unfortunately, all I could see was a big black rump bobbing away fast, and I immediately decided against the Texas heart shot. Then, at 70 yards, for some reason the bear stopped running side-hill down the canyon and paused to glance down into the bottom of the draw to his right. That was all the opportunity I needed. As he turned his head, the length of the neck between the front shoulder and base of the head became visible. He was 95% straight away from me, but quartered enough that my 160 grain Accubond (thanks, carpsniperg2) slipped just forward of the front shoulder to smash into the base of the neck. The bear dropped like a sack of rocks, and I chambered another round instinctively, ready for a follow-up shot.
This entire process, from the time I first jumped the bear, to the time I chambered a second round, could not have taken more than 7 or 8 seconds. With the second round loaded, I kept trying to get a bead on the flailing arms and legs as the bear tumbled and rolled down the hill and out of sight. I had been bear hunting several times already this year, and regularly reminded myself of the advice that I had read on the bear hunting threads – continue shooting until the bear stops moving. I immediately raced to where I saw the bear go down and looked at the bottom of the draw to see the bear piled up and resting on its back at the base of the draw. I held the crosshairs on the beautiful, white, “Y” mark on his chest as he gave a few final twitches before finally relaxing, dead.

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #49 on: October 22, 2017, 09:24:52 AM »
After I had gotten to where the bear rolled down the hill and stared down in disbelief at my first bear lying 40 yards below me, I heard my dad yell down from the top of the canyon, “Need me to come down there?” “YEP!” I hollered back. I waited a few minutes for him to get down the canyon and over to where I was – I wanted both of us to go down and see the bear together up close for the first time. Before we went down to the bear though, we backtracked to where I was at the time of the shot and looked around. There, just on the other side of the saplings I crawled through, was a partially consumed muley doe carcass. After conducting a very brief necropsy and looking around at the surrounding evidence, I was fairly certain that the doe had been actually killed by a cougar that morning or late the night before, but that the bear must have interrupted the cat’s dinner and helped himself to the doe. I shot the bear at 1540 hrs, and judging by the number of piles of bear scat around the carcass, this bear had been busy feed for quite some time. I counted at least 3 large piles adjacent to the carcass, with all 3 approaching the volume (and shape) of a medium-sized football. I didn’t try it, but I was pretty sure one scat mass was solid and compressed enough that it could have been picked up and even thrown like a football! Don’t ask me how a bear produces such a fecal mass – even after spending much time throughout my life identifying and photographing scat, I still have no idea.

This first picture shows the deer carcass off to the left and the saplings I crawled through off to the right.

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